Task Force mandate

The Swiss scientific community is acknowledged as having great potential in helping to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. It is therefore resolved to provide the federal and cantonal authorities with its expertise in the fields of science and research in the most efficient way possible.

This is the starting position for the mandate to the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force. Its tasks include:

  • providing the Federal Council Coronavirus Crisis Unit KSBC, the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA (Federal Office of Public Health FOPH) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI) with its scientific knowledge to assist the political authorities and decision-makers in reaching decisions
  • acting as an advisory body to the cantonal authorities on scientific matters
  • identifying fields and opportunities for research where the Swiss scientific community can make an important contribution to understanding and combating COVID-19
  • identifying opportunities for innovation where Swiss scientific know-how can contribute to COVID-19-related products or services

The Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force is an independent expert group. The participation of the experts in this task force is completely voluntary. The members of this Task Force are not additionally remunerated for their participation in the Task Force by the Federal Government or third parties.

The mandate from KSBC, FOPH, SERI to the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force